Nigeria amputees ‘beg’ for money to participate in World Cup in Mexico
With just three weeks until the Amputee World Cup in Mexico the Nigerian team has turned to a crowd-funding campaign to raise the necessary finances.
The Special Eagles have missed the last three editions of the tournament in 2010, 2012 and 2014 due to a lack of money.
Arsenal Amputee FC’s Michael Ishiguzo noticed their plight and the London-based player has set up an online appeal on GoFundMe to raise almost US$68,000 (£52,000).
“These guys have worked so hard and several times they have missed going to the World Cup because it appears the government, the corporate community don’t care about them,” Ishiguzo told BBC Sport.
“Going to the World Cup is a big deal for them because it will bring them to the global place where there are opportunities like I have.”
They hope to raise the necessary funds to cover flights, upkeep and other logistics whilst attending the event which kicks off on 24 October.
Cover photo: Nigeria’s amputee football team has missed the last three World Cups due to a lack of finances